A report about LIFE and Land Stewardship has been published by NEEMO.
The LIFE external monitoring team (NEEMO) has just published a thematic report entitled "LIFE and Land Stewardship: Current status, challenges and opportunities". In this report to the European Commission, the authors assess the contribution made by the LIFE programme in engaging private stakeholders in nature conservation. The comprehensive report also explores how LIFE projects could further contribute to land stewardship agreements throughout the EU.
The report arrives at a time when the issue of land stewardship is being actively debated in the EU. For example, an EU study on Alternative Ways to Support Private Land Conservation was published in June 2015, while the First Annual Congress of the International Land Conservation Network took place on 19-21 October 2015 in Berlin.
Land stewardship has great potential to be more widely used as a practical tool to implement policies and legal instruments for biodiversity conservation, according to the LIFE and Land Stewardship report’s authors. Their aim is to help inspire the uptake of land stewardship practices on a much wider scale, and to promote the adoption of available land stewardship mechanisms that to date have only sporadically been used.
See the report "LIFE and Land Stewardship: Current status, challenges and opportunities".